If you’re health conscious, you probably have a mental list of foods or supplements that you want to consume each day. That’s where your morning mug of coffee or evening cup of herbal tea comes to the rescue. What you add to your beverages should not only enhance the flavor, but boost your health, instead of adding empty calories to your diet. That’s right. Tasty health perks are just a spoonful or sprinkle away.
Try these nutritious flavor enhancers and read how they can enhance your health when consumed daily.
When brewing a pot of coffee, break a cinnamon stick in half and add to the coffee maker basket along with the ground coffee. Or, use a cinnamon stick as a stirrer in hot coffee, tea or spiced cider.
Sprinkle ground cinnamon powder into a cut of hot tea, cider or coffee and sweeten to taste with raw honey or stevia.
Why? Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels to prevent diabetes. Cinnamon also aides in proper digestion, boosting metabolism for weight loss. To suppress hunger, add a cinnamon stick to a glass of water. Leave the cinnamon stick in the glass throughout the day. Refill with water as needed.
Stir a spoonful of raw honey into a hot mug of coffee or tea.
Why? Local, raw honey has powerful, antioxidant properties and contains bee pollen and propolis, which not only boosts the immune system, but builds immunity to allergens. It has anticancer and antimicrobial properties, aides in detoxification, and contains beneficial enzymes. Honey gives a slow, steady release of energy instead of the peaks and valleys that come from eating sugar.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Stir a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil into your cup of hot coffee in the morning for a luscious taste of the tropics.
Why? Coconut oil is a healthy fat with more health benefits than any other oil. It contains beneficial, antioxidant flavonoids, helps regulate blood sugar levels to prevent diabetes, and has natural anticancer, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. It assists in proper digestion and helps boost metabolism.
Looking for Dairy-Free Sources of Calcium to add to your beverages? Try these: almond milk, molasses, and orange juice. All three of these natural foods are alkaline-forming, which is important in balancing the body’s pH levels, to prevent disease.
Organic Almond Milk is a healthy substitute for milk or cream. Almond milk contains less sugar than cow’s milk and one-third the fat calories. Almond milk contains 50% more calcium than cow’s milk. Nutritionists refer to almonds as the king of nuts, due to their vast nutritional and health benefits. This nut is rich in antioxidant vitamin E, and essential vitamins D and A, potassium and dietary fiber. Consuming raw nuts has been reported to lower high blood pressure, and elevated blood sugar levels to reduce the chances of developing heart disease and diabetes (metabolic syndrome). Almonds also protect against cancer.
Molasses can be used instead of sugar in beverages. Blackstrap Molasses contains more calcium than milk and is rich in iron for those needing to increase their iron intake. Note: You shouldn’t consume Blackstrap Molasses or an iron supplement daily, unless you are deficient in iron.
Squeeze fresh orange juice into a glass of spring water, iced tea, hot tea or cider for a naturally sweet flavor that’s rich in Vitamin C, fiber and calcium.